For me, prompts are part of the fun of being a poet. I like the way a narrow construct forces out new ideas: Extruded poems.
There's a whole family of random book/random page prompts. Because I rarely trust the page the book falls to, I've decided to make page 48 my random page.
- Use every word found at the start of each line, and only those words.
- Use every word found at the start of each line; add words but keep the words in the order they were found.
- Answer the first question you find on the page.
- Write down every noun found on the page and re-purpose all of them into a poem.
I found this at the journal Geist and I am going to use it a lot (plus I won 3rd place in the contest!). Take an existing poem, prose poem or any text. Then erase. Erase whole words or just letters... but you must keep the words or letters in the same order as the original. No re-arranging, just erasing.
Wikipedi is my muse
Browsing through wikipedia is like loitering in an international marketplace of overheard conversations, scanning a book written with the vocabularies of a million authors. It had me at disambiguation. So throw in a couple of words and see where it takes you.